Real Madrid signs Japanese wonderkid

Spanish football giant Real Madrid has signed a nine-year-old Japanese Takuhiro Nakai (into their youth team). Takuhiro is the club’s first Japanese (youth) player; their arch rival Barcelona also signed a Japanese kid last year.

Takuhiro was already a Youtube sensation prior to the signing, above is a one of the viral videos showing his skills when he was around six or seven of age.

Li Na Nike Training Club Taiwan

Chinese tennis star Li Na in a commercial for Nike Training Club (a mobile app if not mistaken) in Taiwan, in which she talks about the benefits of a physically fit body.

2020 Olympic Games candidate cities promotional videos

Promotional video (compiled) of the 2020 Olympic Games candidate cities, listed in the order of drawing of lots: Istanbul, Tokyo, Madrid. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city on September 7 in Buenos Aires…

Sentimental wise I would like Istanbul to host the game, but with recent development social and economical stability will make a huge weight in decision making, and Tokyo is arguably the safest bet in this perspective.

There’s no clear favourite in this one; some media seems to rule that it’s going to be a two horse race between Tokyo and Madrid though.

Korean gymnast throws awesome first pitch

Korean rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made headlines recently with her amazing first pitch for the Doosan Bears. The former Olympian performed a gymnastic manoeuvre before throwing the ball which went just a bit off from home base…

Korean gymnast Shin Soo Ji first pitch

Animated image via TodayUS [Kr]. You can check the original video on Youtube.

[Update] Here’s a Twisted First Pitch video from CNN…

Hsieh Su-Wei wins first grand slam for Taiwan

Hsieh Suwei Peng Shuai Wimbledon 2013Tennis player Hsieh Su-Wei (left) becomes the first Taiwanese to win a grand slam (tennis) title after winning the Wimbledon women’s doubles on Saturday with Chinese partner Peng Shuai.

The duo – which were born just four days apart in 1986 – has been playing tennis together since early teens. They split after turning pro before reunited again in 2008. Quite a fairy tale.

The fact that the success is formed between two players from China and Taiwan (which are in an ambiguous relationship) has prompted some side stories and awkward moments. Let’s hope the duo won’t split again because of politics.